7:37 a.m. on September 23, 2011 (EDT)
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i am from germany so my english isnt as good as it should be.

got some questions concerning tarps...

i see on the net that all the tarps from outdoor brands are pretty expensive.

so i came across someone who just used a tarp from harbour freights. i than evaluated my search and stumbled about normal gardening/farming/etc tarps. those tarps are around 65g/m² up to... 600g/m² heavy duty boat planes.

is there any real disadvantage to those planes around 65g/m² - 100g/m²? some of those are even lighter than those provided from outdoor brands.

is the packing size of those cheap tarps the disadvantage? are they just too sturdy for backpacking?

these got aluminium grommets and some even got suspension straps at the corners.

those tarps are available at around 9,- € including shipping within germany for a 2x3m piece.

any thought?


10:40 a.m. on September 23, 2011 (EDT)
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Since you have provided only vague descriptions to the products you are considering, it is not possible to provide concise feedback.  The retailers you are referencing may not be geared to outdoor sports, but a tarp is a tarp.  By and large none of these will be "light weight" tarps, most will be relatively bulky, while some may be too flimsy for your intended use.  Not much help am I!  Provide links to your selections, and perhaps we can provide explicit feedback.


1:26 p.m. on September 23, 2011 (EDT)
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thanks for getting back!

want to use it as a hammock tarp.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/310346752295 seller says it is at 80 g/m²


http://www.ebay.de/itm/110667815916 claims to be 500g

should all be the same as harbour freight carries.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280400673374 said: "weight including a jiffy bag is 750g"


should both be the kind REI carries.



both at 75 g/m²


dont know about that since it seems i am messing up numeracy

4:51 p.m. on September 23, 2011 (EDT)
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5:16 p.m. on September 23, 2011 (EDT)
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5:24 p.m. on September 23, 2011 (EDT)
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I would spend alittle more and get the tarp above. You can use it car camping, festival, backpacking, even tarp tenting. And it will last for years.

12:13 a.m. on September 24, 2011 (EDT)
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I posted in your other thread so check it out.

9:34 a.m. on September 25, 2011 (EDT)
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I am a hammock camper and use a tarp for rain wind protection. The cheaper tarps that you can find such as the ones you linked and others from hardware stores etc are ok for the short term use under limited conditions.

Pros and Cons of the cheap poly tarps


Cons: Bulky to pack, heavy, very limited strength, tear easily, grommets fail easily.

These cheap tarps are fine for short term use as long as no strong winds or otherwise foul weather is expected. If you don't have your tarp tied down perfect one big wind gust and your tarp will begin to rip apart. I have seen it happen multiple times.

For a cheap, excellent tarp I recommend a Kelty Noah tarp, which size is up to your needs.

For a higher quality, light weight tarp, but a little more expensive I recommend checking out some of the cottage manufacturers around such as warbonnetoutdoors.com, hammockgear.com, outdoorequipmentsupplier.com

I have a Superfly from Warbonnet and am in love with it.

10:09 a.m. on September 25, 2011 (EDT)
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Willkommen in Trailspace struggle247

I also have a Kelty Noah tarp, it is a good tarp for the money and would probably be a good match for your needs.

Later you can upgrade to a better tarp if you want, the more you use tarps the more you will appreciate the quality, pack size, and low weight of the better tarps.

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